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These top baby toys from Fisher-Price, Haba and more get tots thinking, moving, singing and laughing.
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The Alphaberry has all the sensory stimulation of Daddy's BlackBerry without the cluttered inbox. Press a letter and baby hears it repeated and sees it on the digital screen (which changes to blue, orange and red when you scroll the color wheel). It also plays the ABC song in versions including country, blues and rock 'n' roll.
Apple Park Picnic Pals Gift Crate
Bedtime in a box! The Apple Park Picnic Pals Gift Crate includes a baby cloth, teether, finger puppet and book. Choose from five fun pals.
Bright Starts' Having a Ball Roll and Chase Bumble Bee
Set Bright Starts' Having a Ball Roll and Chase Bumble Bee to “chase and play” mode and it tumbles in different directions, prompting baby to crawl along. Set it to “learning” mode for lessons about colors, shapes and numbers.
BuckleyPanda and BuckleyLion
From baby to big girl, BuckleyPanda and BuckleyLion grow with her. During the early months, it's a soft and snuggly lovey. Once she starts flexing her mad motor skills, the buckles foster critical thinking and dexterity.
Caterpillar Truck N Mixer Shape Sorter
The Caterpillar Truck N Mixer Shape Sorter lets your toddler play trucks like the big boys while sharpening his problem-solving skills. Drop the shapes into the clear red plastic “mixer,” then push this sturdy yellow rig to the job site.
Chicco's Funny Vehicle Fire Truck and Dump Truck
Chicco's Funny Vehicle Fire Truck and Dump Truck are more than just pretty faces. A movement sensor sets off sound effects (including sirens and songs), which encourage baby to push, pull and move these little trucks around the room.
Go Baby Go! Poppity-Pop Musical Dino
Fisher-Price calls it Go Baby Go! Poppity-Pop Musical Dino but we prefer Cause and Effect: The Original Soundtrack. With eight tunes to choose from, your tot will bop as he drops the balls in the dino's tail (which promotes hand-eye coordination) and watches them pop over the side or roll out the mouth.
Habaland Play Blocks
Haba makes some of the best wooden toys we've ever played with (uh, we mean reviewed in a professional manner). Its latest, Habaland Play Blocks, comes with 25 beech wood pieces that can create a city (tower!) or the countryside (trees and tractors!).
Get a tricycle with a longer shelf life. The customizable Joovy Tricycoo has a removable parent push handle and toddler side railing to help keep him secure. When he's ready to ride solo, unlock the front wheel pedals and watch him go.
Rusty the Robot by Lamaze
He's the latest in tactile technology; Rusty the Robot by Lamaze has five different textures plus multiple patterns and a mirror to engage baby's sense of sight and recognition. Rusty also has plastic rings for teething or attaching to a stroller or diaper bag.
Lego Duplo Winnie the Pooh's House
Write a children's story one block at a time with Lego Duplo Winnie the Pooh's House. Should your tot build Pooh's house or just serve pots of honey to Piglet and Eeyore? Forty oversize pieces tune fine motor skills and develop independent thinking.
Squishmallow Hans the Hedgehog Pillow
Is anything cuter or cozier than a Squishmallow? When it comes to Christmas gifts for toddlers, this stuffed animal pillow named Hans the Hedgehog has stolen our hearts. He's more than just a bedtime buddy: super soft, easily washable and oversized for extra comfort, Hans and pals are made from marshmallow-like material, perfect for comfort, support and warmth at home, at a sleepover, while traveling in the car and beyond.
Cloud B's Mimicking Monkey
Record your voice onto Cloud B's Mimicking Monkey or choose one of its prerecorded sounds to lull baby to sleep. The Velcro hands make hanging around crib-side a cinch.
FurReal Friends JJ the Jumpin Pug
Man’s best friend just got a little easier to care for with JJ, My Jumpin Pug. When you pat JJ’s head or wave at him, he jumps and barks just like a real dog would. Your child will love playing with their new best friend, and you’ll love that you won’t have to take care of a new puppy.
Playskool Poppin' Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper
Playskool Poppin' Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper develops hand-eye coordination and stimulates his senses. The 360-degree rotating trunk sends balls to the belly pouch for sitters, to the orange arm for standers or forward for more mobile tots to chase.
Rainbow Rattles by Yellow Label Kids
The cheerful, crocheted, handmade Rainbow Rattles by Yellow Label Kids are perfectly sized for little hands. They're eco-friendly too; the yarn is made from organic bamboo.
Rock Star Mickey
He head-bangs, duck-walks and plays guitar solos with his nose: Rock Star Mickey promotes music by putting on a killer show. While his set list is only three songs long, the coolest feature is the “rock star 101” mode where Mickey teaches his moves.
The Sing-A-Ma-Jigs Duets is the Björk of musical toys: quirky, mesmerizing and totally original. With each squeeze of the tummy it belts out a new note (press the hand for different tones and octaves). When played alongside any other Sing-A-Ma-Jig, they harmonize.
Skip Hop Hug and Hide Dog
Equal parts huggable doohickey and sensory thingamajig, the Skip Hop Hug and Hide Dog is chock-full of crinkly, jingly attached playthings (read: won't lose pieces in the sofa cushions).
Haba Baby Doll Luca
A lot of tots carry a stuffed animal and a blanket, so consider Haba Baby Doll Luca a two-for-one special. The doll is super-plush for snuggling and develops gross and fine motor skills with a removable onesie, kerchief and shoes.
Green Toys Stacking Cups
BPA- and PVC-free Green Toys Stacking Cups, made from recycled milk containers, scoop water at bathtime, stack sky-high in the living room and sort like Mommy's measuring cups.
Alex Jr. Stretchy Puppy
With a rattle tail and squeaky nose that are totally giggle-worthy, the tactile-tastic Alex Jr. Stretchy Puppy wears enough patterns and eye-popping designs to entertain a circus clown.
Alex Jr. Stretchy Sandwich
Alex Jr. Stretchy Sandwich is fun for your little foodie. The sandwich is a virtual cause-and-effect buffet: It pulls apart to reveal colorful, crinkly fillings and features a teething ring and rattle at one end.
Fun Travel Activity Nest by Chicco
The Fun Travel Activity Nest by Chicco folds and zips for easy transport while traveling. Lay flat for tummy time, raise the bar for fun with dangling toys or lift the mesh canopy (shown) to keep baby cozy during playtime.
Alex Jr. Mix 'n Max Zoom Around Rocker
With its eye-popping colors and patterns, the covetable Alex Jr. Mix 'n Max Zoom Around Rocker is one toy you just might design a nursery around. A solid wood frame provides super support. It's a plush lovey you can ride!